In this post, Arthur questions:
Is there not a place between the two extremes of rigid sacramentalism and informal meals? Can believers in a home experience the Lordâ€™s Supper as a means of grace or must it be in a church building? Can a potluck among fellow believers exhibit the sobriety and gravity that the breaking of bread and drinking the cup demands? I have broken bread and had (non-alcoholic) wine in my home with believers and it was as meaningful and perhaps more so than a church ceremony. But I have also had meals in my home with fellow believers that were social but not at all in keeping with 1 Corinthians 11 nor would I consider those meals an adequate replacement for the Lordâ€™s Supper. It has less to do with location and more to do with the spirit.
Arthur asks some very interesting questions. I’d like to modify these questions a little:
What makes a meal between believers the Lord’s Supper?
What makes a meal between believers NOT the Lord’s Supper?
I’m asking these questions because I’m not sure of the answer myself. What do you think?